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04-27-2012, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
You don't? Keep in mind they are 3rd liners who aren't on the PP so it is their ES play that is the most relevant. Nevin was 9th, 11th, 11th, 16th in ESP in a much deeper era. Laprade's point finishes are 12th, 17th, 19th, 20th, and since that can't be compartmentalized for better analysis the safest assumption is that his ES finishes look like that too. I know that in Laprade's time, the percentages associated with sub-15th place finishes are just brutal a lot of the time due to the shallower era, so the difference is probably greater than the finishes indicate.
After joining the NHL at the age of 26 because of World War 2, Laprade finished 3rd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 1st in team scoring and was voted team MVP twice in a 6 team league. The only player who consistently finished above him in team scoring was fellow center Buddy O'Connor, who obviously centered a different line at even strength and was probably the go-to player on the PP. I think you'd have to be crazy to think that Laprade wasn't better offensively than some linemates of superstars who played on other teams at the time.

Where did Nevin finish in team scoring, even at even strength? How close was he to ever being MVP of his (much stronger) team?

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